Learning a craft

Ever thought of learning a craft?  Painting.  Pottery.  Cooking.  Knitting?

Grandmothers used to be the only one who knit..  However today both women and men enjoy knitting.  As a matter of fact in 1973 people were surprised when LA Rams star Rosie Grier wrote a book “Needlepoint for Men”.   In addition to needlepoint Grier was also an avid knitter and crocheter.  Film star Cary Grant was a trailblazing knitter, too!

Knitting offers a wide variety of benefits:

  • Create beautiful things for yourself.  There’s a certain satisfaction in wearing something you have created with your own hands.
  • Gift giving becomes more personal.  When you’ve knitted something to give as a gift the person receiving will appreciate the time and care you put in to create it.
  • Knitting is a great way to unplug and unwind (no pun intended).  Knitting takes your mind off your day to day worries and helps you relax; listen to music or an audiobook

Learning knitting is fairly easy.  We’ve all heard, “knit one, purl two” and really those are the two basic things you start off with.  Once you’ve mastered those you put them in various combinations to create textures and patterns.  With the wide array of yarns available the choice is endless.  YouTube is full of how-to and tutorial videos if you get stuck.  Websites like LoveCrafts and Ravelry offer patterns for free or for purchase and include projects for everyone.

These days learning a craft couldn’t be easier.  Most yarn/crafting stores like Joann offer either free or low cost beginner classes, too.

Try it!  You’ll love it!

Winter Wedding

White wedding

Winter Wedding?  Not the Billy Idol “White Wedding” kind.  The winter kind.

Needless to say Summer and Fall are the most popular times to have a wedding, .  The weather is warm and being outdoors is part of the charm.  Most often booking venues, lodging and caterers is much more difficult.  Most couples find they have to book 6 months, a year or more in advance to find the perfect spot.  Budgets tighten and nerves fray.  In other words, Summer seems like the perfect time of year to wed.  However, in reality it can be hot – very hot.  The weather is unpredictable.  Humidity can be off the charts, quite often.  Unfortunately, many a well-coiffured bride has ended up drenched.

 White wedding

The event space at Helsinki Hudson

Enter the Winter Wedding.  Winter is an overlooked time to get married.  For example, inside venues like Helsinki Hudson and Swoon are warm and cozy.  Lodging establishments like The Croff House, The Barlow and other are much more willing to offer discounts for group bookings.  Caterers hunger (no pun intended) for the business, as well.  What could be more beautiful than saying your vows as the snow gently falls?  Arriving at the wedding in a horse drawn carriage?  Toasting your new life together next to a blazing fireplace?  In other words a White Wedding is ideal.

Now, there may be some concerns about weather related travel.  What if it snows?  True, that could happen.  On the other hand, the good news is that Hudson is an Amtrak stop.  In addition, the Albany airport is very adept at dealing with snow removal and rarely shuts down.  Finally, any of the businesses in town would understand weather-related cancellations and make accommodations to reschedule or – even worse – cancel.   Make these arrangements ahead of time without worry.

So, if you haven’t considered getting married in the Winter you may want to rethink the benefits – lower rates, better availability and greater opportunity to create something with less lead time.  Just think – the whole world might be decked out in white just for your special day!